Find Outdoor and Indoor Water Park Fun in Michigan

In the summer, the mercury can rise and conditions can get muggy and sticky in Michigan. In the winter, temperatures can drop to frozen tundra levels. Regardless of the season, water parks in the state can offer a respite from the weather. In the summer, there are plenty of outdoor water parks at which to cool down. In the winter (as well as the rest of the year), a surprising number of indoor water parks simulate a tropical getaway.

Before we run down Michigan's water parks, here are some resources to find nearby fun places and make travel plans:

The following parks are operating (seasonally) and are arranged in alphabetical order:

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    Avalanche Bay

    Avalanche Bay Michigan water park
    ••• Boyne Mountain Resort

    Boyne Falls
    Indoor water park resort

    An especially large facility (billed as Michigan's largest indoor water park) located at the Boyne Mountain ski resort, Avalanche Bay's attractions include a FlowRider surf simulator, a lazy river, body slides, tube slides, a bowl ride, a huge interactive water play structure with tipping bucket, an activity pool, whirlpool spas, and a climbing wall. Admission is available for both hotel guests at the resort and for the general public.

    Find rates for Boyne Mountain Resort at TripAdvisor​

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    Bavarian Inn Water Park Michigan
    ••• Bavarian Inn

    Frankenmuth
    Indoor water park resort

    Small park with an enclosed body slide, a bowl slide, activity pools with sprayers and other interactive elements, a zero-depth pool that offers easy access for younger children, an adult pool, and a whirlpool. Also offers a large family fun center with mini-golf and arcade games. The park is open to registered hotel guests only.

    Find rates for Bavarian Inn at TripAdvisor

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    Full Blast

    Battle Creek
    Outdoor and indoor park

    Flash Flood is a small water park that is part of Full Blast, a municipal recreation center. It offers outdoor water slides, indoor water slides, zero depth entry pools, and a water playground. Although it includes indoor water park attractions, it is not open in the colder months.

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    Gold Rush water park at Double JJ Resort
    ••• Double JJ Resort

    Rothbury
    Indoor water park resort

    Medium-sized park with a bowl ride, a family raft ride, a lazy river, some decent body and tube slides, a wave pool, and an interactive play center with small slides and a tipping bucket. Open to registered hotel guests and the general public.

    Find rates for Double JJ Resort at TripAdvisor

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    Great Wolf Lodge

    Great Wolf Lodge Michigan
    ••• Great Wolf Lodge

    Traverse City
    Indoor water park resort

    The Traverse City location has one of the Great Wolf Lodge chain's smaller parks. Its attractions include an interactive water play structure, a toboggan-style water slide, tube slide, an activity pool, body slides, and a lazy river. The water park is open only to registered guests of the hotel.

    Search for Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City rates at TripAdvisor.

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    Red Oaks Waterpark in Michigan
    ••• Oakland County Parks

    Madison Heights
    Outdoor water park

    Small, municipal park with a water play area, an interactive water playground, a wave pool a lazy river, and a water slide complex.

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    Soaring Eagle Waterpark Michigan
    ••• Soaring Eagle Waterpark

    Mt. Pleasant
    Indoor water park resort

    Medium-sized park with FlowRider surfing attraction, interactive water play center with dumb bucket, water slides, lazy river, log walk, and climbing wall. Open to registered guests and general public.

    Find rates for Soaring Eagle at TripAdvisor

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    Dundee
    Indoor water park resort

    Small park with a lazy river, tube slides, body slides, an interactive water play structure with a dump bucket, an activity pool, and a whirlpool spa. Open to registered hotel guests and the general public.

    Find rates for Splash Universe at TripAdvisor

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    Watervliet
    Indoor water park

    Small park with a lazy river, kids water play area, and water slides. Open to registered hotel guests and the general public.
     

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    Waterford Oaks Waterpark
    ••• Oakland County

    Waterford
    Outdoor water park

    Small, municipal park with a wave pool, a children's water playground, and a water slide.

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    Wayne County Family Aquatic Center Michigan
    ••• City of Detroit

    Detroit
    Outdoor water park

    Small municipal park with two water slides, an aquatic play area, and a wave pool.

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    WildWater Adventure at Michigan's Adventure
    ••• Cedar Fair Parks

    Muskegon
    Outdoor water park

    Large park that is adjacent to and included with admission to the theme park, Michigan's Adventure. Among the many attractions are two wave pools, a funnel ride, a lazy river, a family raft ride, multiple water slides, a water play center, and other activities for young children.

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    Sterling
    Indoor water park resort

    Tiny park with a slide, a lazy river, two whirlpools, and a splash pad. Park is open to registered hotel guests.

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    Zehnder's Splash Village

    Zehnder's Splash Village Michigan water park resort
    ••• Zehnder's Splash Village

    Frankenmuth
    Indoor water park resort

    Medium-sized park with water slides, a lazy river, an interactive water play structure with a dump bucket, a toddlers play area, and hot tub whirlpool. Open to registered hotel guests only.